AWRF Committees

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AWRF’s 12 Operational Committees

Marketing Committee

Chair: Paul DeMattie

The Crosby Group

Tulsa, OK

Co-Chair: Keith Shepherd

DCL Mooring & Rigging

New Orleans, LA

Purpose: To actively promote the AWRF brand to its members & end users in the material handling industry and to promote the different committee activities through various media outlets. Committee news & updates will be communicated via the AWRF website, email, blogs, and various social media outlets such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc. A secondary benefit would be to differentiate between doing business with what an AWRF member can offer in terms of value, versus competitors, through various social media and web-based platforms.

 

 

Past Presidents Advisory Council

Chair: Nick Gladue

Dakota Riggers & Tool Supply, Inc.

Sioux Falls, SD

Co-Chair: Brett Woodland

Yarbrough Cable – A Certex Company

Memphis, TN

Purpose: The purpose of the Past Presidents Advisory Council is to advise the President and the Board of Directors.

Convention Site Selection Committee

Chair: Tony Mazzella

Mazzella Companies

Cleveland, OH

Purpose: The Convention Committee chooses the sites for future general meetings and provides guidance on hotel selection.

Entertainment Committee

Chair: AWRF Executive Board

 

 

Preservation

Chair: Jeff Stewart

Assembly Specialty Products, Inc.

Cleveland, OH

Co-Chair: Robert Bairstow Jr.

Bairstow Lifting Products

Atlanta, GA

Purpose: The purpose of this committee is to capture the changes in the lifting, rigging and load securement industry, by preserving literature, parts and an open journal for documentation of experiences by members as technology advances.

Government Affairs Committee

Chair: J. Barry Epperson

Attorney at Law, Tulsa, OK

Alternate: Jeff Gilbert

Chief Executive, AWRF

Novi, MI

Purpose: To develop and administer an effective government affairs program with involvement of all members of the association.

Insurance & Legal Resource Committee

Chair: Barry Eppersal, Legal Counsel

Purpose: All AWRF members are required to provide the Association with some form of evidence showing they maintain Products Liability Insurance Coverage. The work of the Insurance Committee is governed by conditions of insurance availability in the industry. Trends and ideas about insurance are studied to help members to keep abreast of needs. The Legal Resources function was established to gather information about litigation problems experienced by members and to advise members about current techniques to minimize litigation costs.

Membership Committee

Chair: Charlie Jaques

Advantage Sales & Supply

Ridgway, PA

Co-Chair: Jeff Stewart

Assembly Specialty Products, Inc.

Cleveland, OH

Purpose: To obtain as many qualified members as possible while also focusing on membership retention.

Programs

Chair: Terry Driscoll

John Sakach Co.

Granite City, IL

Co-Chair: Aaron Bohnert

Kennedy Wire Rope & Sling

Corpus Christi, TX

Purpose: To be responsible to AWRF Board of Directors and Association Executive for preparation and presentation of General Meeting Programs.

QHSE

Carey Hanson-Q: – Bairstow Lifting Products – Atlanta, GA

Celena Moses-H: – Van Beest USA – Houston, TX

Hugh Yoder-S: – The Carpenter Group – San Diego, CA

Andrew Hall-E: – Southern Wire – Olive Branch, MS

Alternates (liaisons to Technical Committee – Q):

Jeff Gilbert – Chief Executive, AWRF – Novi, MI

Knut Buschmann – Unirope Limited – Mississauga, ON

 

Technical Committee

Chair: Paul Boeckman

The Crosby Group

Tulsa, OK

Vice Chair: Tim Kline

WireCo Worldgroup

Prairie Village, KS

To acquire, preserve and disseminate technical information and new product information within the industry, to send a representative to any standards writing or technical organization deemed necessary, and to establish technical information by conducting test when appropriate.

Data Gathering

Chair: Andrew Hall

Southern Wire

Olive Branch, MS

Co-Chair: Carey Hanson

Bairstow Lifting Products

Atlanta, GA

Purpose: To gather pertinent industry statistics from regular members, manufacturing members and wholesaling members; and to publish and disseminate this information so it can be used as comparative guidelines for the industry.

In addition to the work and achievements of AWRF’s operational committees, volunteers also serve the association on seven functional committees for the conduct of association business, These are:

AWRF’s Functional Committees

Finance Committee

Chair: Patrick Shire

Yale Cordage

Saco, ME

Purpose: To provide the Board of Directors with the accurate and timely financial reports.

Management Review Committee

Chair: Mike Poroo

SWOS

Houston, TX

Co-Chair: Deb Cushman

Cascade Rigging, Inc.

Clackamas, OR

Purpose: To make annual appraisals of the way the association is operated.

Tournament Committee

Chair: Hugh Yoder

The Carpenter Group

San Diego, CA

Purpose: To coordinate a variety of sporting activities which will foster good will and fellowship among AWRF members.

Nominating Committee

Chair: Brett Woodland

Yarbrough Cable – A Certex Company

Memphis, TN

Purpose: To seek out and present for election qualified members who have a genuine interest in the association along with the ability to commit the necessary time and resources to help guide the association for a three-year term.

Communications Committee

Chair: Deb Cushman

Cascade Rigging, Inc.

Clackamas, OR

Co-Chair: Aaron Bohnert

Kennedy Wire Rope & Sling

Corpus Christi, TX

Purpose: The primary purpose of the Communications Committee is to enhance the Associations means of distributing information amongst its Board, Committees, Members and the Public. A secondary purpose is to advertise the benefits of doing business with an AWRF member through print or electronic media.

Long Range Planning

Chair: Jack Gibbons

Metro Wire Rope Corporation

Union, NJ

Alternate: Nick Gladue

Dakota Riggers & Tool Supply, Inc.

Sioux Falls, SD

P.I.E.

Chair: Justin Brown

Unirope LTD.

Mississauga, ON

Alternate: Curt Jabben

Associated Wire Rope & Rigging

Playa del Rey, CA

Purpose: To be responsible to AWRF Board of Directors and Association Executive for preparation and presentation of Product Information Exhibition Programs.